Posts Tagged ‘firefox’

Removing Google from Firefox’s Awesome Address Bar Search

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
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If you didn’t know already, Firefox lets you search from the Awesome Bar (the address bar) and it uses Google by default. So if you were to type “test” in the Awesome Bar, it will look in your bookmarks and/or browser history (depending on your settings). And as long as you do not select an option you can just hit enter and it will do a Google search. So in a sense you can use the search box for something besides Google. But let’s say you might want to open this search in another tab, if so press Alt – Enter and you won’t even lose what was typed in the address bar previously.

Anyway, let’s remove Google as the default search engine. So in the Awesome Bar type in
about:config and press Enter. You will get a warning from Firefox, but let’s go ahead and click “I’ll be careful, I promise!”. You will see a lot of settings in here; However, let’s make sure this feature is enabled first. So in the Filter textfield type keyword.enabled and you should see only one line show up for keyword.enabled, if you double-click this line it will toggle the value between true and false. Make sure it is set to true.

Now lets type in keyword.URL in the Filter textfield and now you should see just the line pertaining to keyword.URL. So double-click it and it will pop up a dialog box asking for the new string value
It probably has Google by default with this URL

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

Let’s change that and depending what search engine you want to use type one of the following:

For DuckDuckGo (non SSL)

http://duckduckgo.com/?q=

For DuckDuckGo (SSL)

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=

For Yahoo!

http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&p=

For Bing

http://www.bing.com/search?q=

For Ask

http://www.ask.com/web?q=

and then press OK. Then you can close the tab and you are good to go.

Reduce The Number of Firefox Extensions You Have

Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Everyone else might be writing articles about the top 10 or 50 Firefox extensions you must have, but this is about uninstalling some extensions so your Firefox can run a little faster and use less memory.

Do you really need the Delicious extension installed on every browser you use, or can you get by with the Delicious bookmarklets? Chances are the computer you use at home and work (and possibly any other installations or virtual machines) have many of the same extensions, but you probably only need the Delicious extension on your main machine. You really should use the bookmarklets if you have Firefox set to clear “Offline Website Data” when Firefox is closed, because that will wipe out any data it synced from Delicious.

Use the program Faststone Capture instead of the Colorzilla or Fireshot extensions. Faststone Capture will let you grab color from not only your browser but anywhere on your computer. It will also take screenshots from anywhere on your computer, including your browser and it will scroll down to grab the full page. It also has a magnifier tool you can use also. However, the last freeware version is 5.3.

Use the Lipsumlet bookmarket rather than Dummy Lipsum, it doesn’t have as many options, but gets the job done.

There are bookmarklets to send the URL you are on to other browsers, so you can eliminate the IE View or IE View Lite as well as OperaView, Safari View Win (or for OS X), Chrome View or Browser View Plus extensions.

Also, its a good idea to get to know the Web Developer extension a lot more. I’ve seen so many extensions out there that do 1 simple thing such as showing a ruler.

There are plenty of great bookmarklets out there that you can execute from your toolbar very easily and customize the placement as well. The only thing I miss is not being able to make a cool icon for bookmarklets very easily, although I know there is an extension to do it. 😀

G-Fox, A Better Firefox Logo?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
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I’ve always thought the Firefox logo would be much better if we could see the fox’s face. I understand that the fox should be looking at the globe because it is browsing the internet. However if they horizontally flipped the image then we could see the face and having it look at the world at the same time. That’s one reason the Thunderbird logo has always been my favorite. G-Fox (The Chinese official version of Firefox) has a logo that faces towards us, but perhaps is a little too adorable.

The Chinese official version of Firefox uses this logo.

The Chinese official version of Firefox uses this logo.

The letter “G”
Firefox community for the G-Fox has given the multiple meanings: from the expression “good, strong,” Good, Great, to the terms of the Internet Guide (lead, guide, road signs – no browser is Internet portal and guide you? ), Gateway (Gateway, the access road), and then to “attractive” Gravity (gravity, gravity), Gorgeous, Grace, and so on. Firefox to the community through the G-Fox name for this glamorous, dynamic small fox into the infinite blessings and a piece of advice!

G-Fox Concept Art

G-Fox Concept Art

You can find wallpaper and a download of G-Fox playing several sports (I assume they wanted to launch this before the 2008 Olympics). Unfortunately all the files are all JPGs.

G-Fox late for the 2008 Olympics

G-Fox late for the 2008 Olympics

ReadWriteWeb has a review of G-Fox also, which is where I first saw this.

Firefox Extensions to Monitor Web Usage

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
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If you need to cut down on your web surfing time to be more productive you might try out the following extensions.

Running Multiple Versions of Opera and Firefox

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
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Running multiple versions of Opera is easy, just install to another folder. 🙂

However doing so for Firefox is a tricky. I used the following site as a reference, consider this post a mini-tutorial for achieving multiple versions on Windows. I’ve tried this with Firefox versions 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 on Windows.

First make sure you install the Firefox versions in separate folders. To do so you will have to do a custom install so you can point them to separate folders (be sure to create a new folder before you install). Your shortcuts to Firefox in the Quick Launch, Programs folder and on your Desktop will end up being overwritten by each other; Thus, you will end up having to create a shortcut for the other versions later on.

We need to create a few profiles so we can separate our extensions and settings for each version. Create a copy of your shortcut to Firefox and lets rename it to Firefox Profile Manager. Now right click it and pick Properties. In the Target add “ -profilemanager” to the end (without the quotes and be sure to have a space before the dash), now press Apply and OK. Now make sure Firefox isn’t open at all (close all Firefox windows). Now double-click on that shortcut we made (Firefox Profile Manager) and it will open up a prompt. Here you can create a new profile and name it something that makes sense like firefox1, firefox1_5 or firefox2. This will give us a profile to tie a certain version of Firefox to. To set a profile automatically to a certain version you need to make a shortcut to the version of Firefox you want and add “ -P profilename” to the end (without the quotes and don’t forget the space before the dash).

Lets go ahead and do this:

We’ll modify the shortcut to Firefox 2 by changing its Target to something like this
X:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -P default

And you can set your Firefox 1.5 Target to something like this:
X:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 1_5\firefox.exe -P firefox1_5

And you can set your Firefox 1.0 Target to something like this:
X:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 1\firefox.exe -P firefox1_0

Be sure to change the Start in field in the shortcut to match the folder path used in the target (however the Start In will not need the -P profilename). Also note which shortcut you are modifying (what folder it’s pointing to and what version it is, along with what profile you want it to use), it’s easy to get confused. Firefox will not remember what version the profile used last, that’s why you need to point to the proper folder. Please note, if you have Firefox open while trying to access the Profile Manager it will just open up another window of Firefox. You can’t run more than 1 version of Firefox simultaneously, so if you need to test things, you have to test everything in one version than close all your Firefox windows and then start up the other version.

One annoyance is that it will ask you whether you want the browser to be the default or not. If you change the default to another version it may ask you again when you open the other version (this is the case for both Opera and Firefox). For multiple version of IE, I normally just use an old Win98 or Win2000 box. You could also use a free virtual machine like VMware Player/Server, Microsoft Virtual PC or Bochs. There is a hack to create virtual machines in VMware Player if you dont want to use VMware Server to create them (VMware Player is lighter on resources than the Server version).

Apple already released a version of Safari for Windows, but you could use a PowerPC emulator called PearPC; However, it can take a long time to install OS X and it runs a little slow.